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Introduces television and explains the workings of early television technology.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: General Motors Corporation, Department of Public Relations
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Media: Television; Technology; Sports: Baseball
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Where Does She Live?
At the end: This is either Palmer Woods, Windmill Pte Drive in Grosse Pte Park, or that area where Esper and Littlefield crossover in NE Dearborn between Oakmam Blvd and Warren. Any other guesses? It sure looks familiar.
Love the way GM lures ya into a reworked film on television then winds up hawking its '55 models.
Subject: 1941 and 1955 almost the same.
There were some changes in the progress of television between 1941 and 1955. Mirrors were no longer needed to correct the reverse picture,
picture tubes were larger, and color was being introduced by RCA. The 1955 version of "Magic In The Air is essentially the same 1941 film with a minute of new scenes and the promotion of GM cars. It could have been better.
Subject: TV Times.
The two Magic in the air films, one made in 1941 and the other in 1955 are very similar to each other that I'd thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone and review them both in one review. The 1941 version was made when television was (obviously) very young and you could get it "if you lived in certain parts of the country). It pretty much follows exactly the same pattern after that, how television works, how a television camera works, and so on. When it ends, the 1955 version gives us a few more examples of how television is used, and, in a particularly blatant Jem Handyish moment, ties them in with cars (the 1941 version, even though it's produced by Handy also, doesnt mention it). Both of these are okay, though I was sort of wanting more.
Subject: Nice Laymans view of television
This is a well done film about television in the 50s. It is a good laymans view of the process, with some interesting insights. The comparison to the car is a bit strange till you realize General Motors sponsored the film. The football fan in the beginning is going to be bummed when he turns on the game at home and finds it is not in color.